In 2008, when Andree Zaleska and Ken Ward purchased a rundown house on the corner of Catherine and Bourne Streets, little did they know that they would be able to turn it around into a fine example of energy efficiency.
Very few would have believed until they saw for themselves that principles of solar power could be applied to a normal urban lifestyle. Zaleska and Ward have actually managed to convert this ordinary looking home in Jamaica Plain into a zero carbon household. It also has an organic community garden to call its own.
So significant is this achievement that the JP Greenhouse was awarded the Green Residential Award by the Mayor himself in 2011. The house runs on power generated by solar panels, and does not rely on any conventional source at all.
The first floor offers its occupants access to the garden, and has a fully equipped kitchen and bath. The interiors are designed minimally, but tastefully. A family of three can reside here very comfortably, while having complete access to the garden and patio.
The yard manages to impress all and sundry, with the effort that the owners have put in to maintain a healthy organic garden. For those of you who are looking for a place in Jamaica plain in Boston and would also like to contribute their bit for the Go Green initiative, check out the home on airbnb and vrbo.